Rotary Online Auction and Raffle a Huge Success!!!!
 
Thank you BOW for supporting our scholarship program!!!  Due to COVID, the Bow Rotary Club's annual Foundation Auction went Online for the first time ever this year.  Our usual live & silent auctions that were scheduled for Saturday November 6th at the Bow Community Building, went online as a silent auction with all the same great items our donors generously donate to this cause.  Bow Rotary's annual Foundation Auction funds our certificate, 2-Yr, 4-Yr or post grad college scholarships and our summer camp scholarship program.
 
The online auction ran from noon Wednesday November 3rd to 6:00 pm Saturday, November 6th.  Anyone was able to view items online, however, to bid on items, bidders needed to create a username and password.  In addition to seeing items online, we also had in-person item viewing hours on Friday Nov 5th from 4pm-8pm and on Saturday from noon to 4pm at the Bow Old Town Hall.  Item pickup was on Sunday from 10-2 at the Community Center.
 
We had 929 unique visitors to our website once we started the bidding on November 3rd and 134 people created a profile so they could bid on items. 155 items were donated with an aggregate value of $22,166 (a big thank you to the businesses/people who donated!).  Over 40% of our items sold for either full value or over value, and in some cases, for 150% of value! 
This tells us we had many bidders who wanted to support our students much more than they were looking for a cheap deal.
 
We had 18 local businesses supporting us as sponsors, which helped us raise over $10,000.  That group was led (yet again) by Merrimack County Savings Bank and Roberts & Greene.  We are still working on the final numbers, but we estimate Bow Rotary raised somewhere between $25,000-$26,000 (including the raffle) after all expenses.  
 
The Raffle.
We sold over $4,000 in tickets this year, and we should net out about $2,500 for scholarships.
1st prize was $1250 and won by Doug & Keliane Totten
2nd prize was $500 and won by Harry Judd
3rd prize was $250 and won by Kristin Lang, who donated it back in her dad's name, Chris Parkinson.